Acupuncture is an ancient practice of oriental medicine which originated in China at least 2000 years ago. It involves the use of fine sterile and single-use needles which are gently inserted into specific locations on the body to achieve a therapeutic effect. The basis of acupuncture is to restore homeostasis or balance in the body by stimulating the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”) and blood through the acupuncture channels.


Each acupuncture point is carefully selected based on the Chinese medicine diagnosis and your individual symptoms. A typical acupuncture session can last 30-45mins, ensuring that you remain comfortable and relaxed for the duration of your treatment.


Upon insertion of the needles, patients may report feelings of warmth, buzzing, referral into other areas of the body or a momentary dull-heavy sensation. However, many patients will report they do not feel anything other than a deep sense of relaxation and stillness.

Acupuncture needles
Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine involves the ingestion of a tea comprising of 3-15 herbs, which work synergistically together to restore the body’s innate physiology.


Each herb in Chinese medicine has a specific flavour, temperature (warm or cool), and corresponding acupuncture channel or internal organ. When used together, the synergy of herbs creates a wide systematic effect across the body, restoring balance between the organs and Yin Yang polarity.


Similar to acupuncture, Chinese herbs are prescribed after careful assessment of the patient’s individual symptoms, pulse, tongue and/or abdominal diagnosis. A close analysis and intake of the patient’s lifestyle will also be obtained to give suggested dietary lifestyle suggestions. These factors are important to prevent a recurrence of the symptom or health complaint.


All Chinese herbs used in the clinic are routinely tested for quality and safety, which includes testing for heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, yeasts, moulds or other microbial contaminants.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is the use of sterile glass cups which are applied to the body through a suctioning effect. Cupping is commonly used to assist in muscle recovery or alleviate symptoms of chronic pain and stiffness. Cupping is often incorporated into an acupuncture treatment to address larger areas of the body such as the shoulders, arms, back or legs.


According to Chinese medicine principles, cupping works by pulling blood into the applied area through its suctioning effect. The focus is to increase the local blood and qi circulation into the muscles and tissues and move stagnant blood, which is seen as one of the factors involved in acute or chronic pain. Aside from its use in musculoskeletal conditions, cupping is also commonly used to help ease symptoms of the cold and flu.


Some patients may feel concerned about the common and well-observed cupping marks which looks similar to a bruise. If this effect is seen after treatment, the marks usually completely resolve within 7-10 days and are not tender or painful to touch.

Chinese medicine cupping
Lotus flower in zen water

Chinese Medicine Dietary & Lifestyle advice

In Chinese medicine, there is a term called “Yangshen” which loosely translates to “nourishing life” and refers to the concept of preserving and cultivating one’s life force. The aim of yangshen is to maintain balance in the mind and body through various practices such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, meditation practice and living in harmony with nature.


During a Chinese medicine consultation, your practitioner will enquire into several areas relating to your diet and lifestyle. After careful consideration of your individual health needs, your practitioner will give you lifestyle suggestions which you can begin to incorporate. 


Such suggestions include dietary considerations based on individual body constitution, healthy eating habits, various exercises, Taichi or Qigong, yoga, good sleep hygiene, stress reduction techniques, meditation and mindfulness.

Acupuncture for shoulder pain

What to expect during your initial consultation & treatment?

Your initial consultation includes a comprehensive intake form and health questionnaire which is completed prior to attending your appointment. This assists Fraser in understanding your main health concerns and begin to formulate your treatment plan.


During your initial consultation, Fraser will cover your main symptoms of concerns, relevant medical history, supplements and medications, and enquire into various areas of your health, which can include sleep, work, lifestyle and life stressors. After Fraser has completed his intake, he will spend considerable time taking your pulse and ask clarifying questions. Abdominal palpation and tongue diagnosis can also be included during this process. These are specific diagnostic methods used in Chinese medicine to refine the Chinese medicine diagnosis and guide the individual treatment plan.


Some patients may only need acupuncture and others may require Chinese herbal medicine or a combination of the two. This is dependant on the current areas of focus and treatment recommendations. Fraser will then explain to you your acupuncture or herbal medicine treatment and treatment course.


If receiving acupuncture, you can expect the treatment to be approximately 30 minutes, and Fraser will periodically check in to ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed. At the conclusion of the treatment, Fraser will book you in for a follow-up session and provide any relevant dietary/lifestyle advice and instructions if you are also taking a Chinese herbal formula.

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